Living with Wildlife
Our community is filled with a wealth of plant and animal diversity. Wildlife add to the quality of life that we enjoy and also act as an important indicator of the health of Alberta’s environment. Every day, in every season we share our community with many wildlife species.
Wildlife need space to feel comfortable. Please stay an appropriate distance away from them. Any wild animal may become aggressive if it feels threatened, so ensure pets are on leash and under control at all times. Please do not feed any wildlife it can cause dependency on and aggression toward humans, as well as unnatural feeding patterns and overcrowding. When we respect the needs of wildlife, we can help them to live natural, balanced lives.
To report a wildlife incident please contact Alberta Fish and Wildlife at 403-932-2388. If your call falls outside of office hours, please call Report a Poacher at 1-800-642-3800. The RAP line is available 24 hours a day and is toll-free across North America.
What can I do?
o Keep pets within your control at all times to reduce the potential for negative wildlife encounters.
o Do not feed wildlife. Some of the negative impacts associated with feeding wildlife include: unnatural feeding patterns and competition, overcrowding and disease, dependency on humans, aggression towards humans, and damage to landscape.
o De-clutter your yard and predator proof those areas that could potentially become denning sites such as under sheds and porches.
o Cover all openings such as eavestroughs, chimneys and vents to keep critters from entering unwanted places.
o Use protective wrap on trees to eliminate damage caused by rodents or deer.
o Reduce or eliminate yard maintenance chemicals such as synthetic fertilizers and pesticides as these substances can negatively impact wildlife and the ecosystem